"Steel isn't strong, boy... Flesssh is stronger."
In certain kinds of games, it is inexplicably easier to destroy something made of armored steel, like a tank, than to destroy an ostensibly flesh and blood character (often a boss of some sort), even without specialized weaponry. Compare Invulnerable Knuckles
, Made of Iron
. Whenn applied to weapons rather than opponents, it is Guns Are Worthless
. You know this trope is active when the best way to defend a structure is for a character to stand in front of it and take the damage as a meat-shield. This can lead to comic relief when someone starts smashing and smashing but the person either feels no pain or feels tons of pain but no respite.
There may be a (tiny) grain of Truth in Television
here: living beings regenerate
, albeit slowly, but steel is incapable of regenerating all by itself.
Not to be confused with Thulsa Doom's philosophy in Conan the Barbarian
. Usually a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation
. The Chunky Salsa Rule
is a reaction to this. Played straight with Mecha-Mooks
, but almost always averted with Mechanical Monsters
Non Gaming Examples:
- The Dragon Ball anime. A bullet to Goku's head makes him say "Ouch!", and an axe to the head gives him a headache - shattering the axe. He blocks rocket-propelled grenades with his arms, jumps through steel-lined floors head-first, destroys the Terminator with a ki blast, and dispatches wave after wave of tanks and helicopters like its nothing.
- Averted with super-suits and the mechanical androids, but those stop working as Goku gets stronger and the villains are forced to hire more muscle. In Dragon Ball Z, Dr. Gero finally learns from previous mistakes and actually starts making his death machines out of flesh instead of steel. By that point, Goku's flesh can literally withstand attacks that would blow up the planet.
- Superman. He can stop a bullet with his eye, and the bullet would break from the impact. For comparison, the Cyborg-Superman. He has Kryptonian powers and is a cyborg. You would think his metal bits would be an advantage, but they're actually weaker than his flesh.